Hope through Rehabilitation & Research
Burke hosts an annual golf clinic for therapists, golf professionals and physically challenged individuals each May. The First Swing Adaptive Golf Clinics are for individuals with a disability, as well as Golf Professionals and Recreational, Physical, and Occupational Therapists. The First Swing Program is designed to train therapists and other rehabilitation team professionals to teach and encourage people with disabilities to learn or re-learn the game of golf.
The First Swing Adaptive Golf Clinics are designed to help participants learn how to overcome challenges with general golfing. The clinics teach the appropriate golf club grip, how to assume the proper stance and address ball set-up and balance. Elements of the seated and standing swing are taught, along with demonstrations of adaptive equipment. For more information, please contact Deirdre Otto, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at (914) 597-2355.
Adaptive Sports are sports played by persons with a disability including physical and intellectual disabilities.
Many of these are based on existing sports and simply modified to meet the special needs of persons with a disability.
Adaptive sports such as the First Swing Golf Clinic foster a sense of inclusion to many who otherwise would not participate in the sport.